BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
Current Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) have decided to rest their head coach Bojan Hodak, and have replaced him with Argentinian Mario Gomez.
According to the President of the Johor Football Association (JFA), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ), Bojan has done a terrific job during his time at JDT, but changes are needed for the new era in the Southern Tigers squad.
“Bojan has done great things at JDT. He won the Super League last season and the Sumbangsih trophy earlier this year. He has a lot of experience in Malaysian football. We will always remeber his contribution and (he) will be a part of JDT’s history.
“However, right now we need to change our game, especially in terms of tactics in order to improve our level of playing. That is why we need a coach who has very vast experience in coaching big teams before,” added TMJ.
TMJ said Bojan has no issue with the decision, and TMJ also insisted that he is welcome to stay with the team in helping the JFA develop the state’s fooball.
His sucessor, Mario Gomez, will arrive on Friday to be with the team and coach Ismail Ibrahim will take over for JDT’s game against East Bengal in the AFC Cup.
Mario Gomez is currently the head coach of South China, and used to be the assistant coach for large European teams such as Valenica and Inter Milan.
“Gomez is a very experienced coach and he is really interested in joining us and be part of the development project that we have here,” said TMJ.
Bojan Hodak has been with JDT since 2014, replacing Spaniard Cesar Ferrando Jimenez. He led the team to their first Super League title last year, brought he team to the FA Cup final and won the Sumbangsih trophy this year.
However, his position was questioned this season after the team failed to impress despite spending a lot of money. They are currently fourth in the league with 15 points from nine games. JDT were also knocked out of the FA Cup, but are still competing in the AFC Cup.